MMA Monday Montessori Moments

April 30, 2018

A Message from our Special Education Coordinator, Dana Archuleta

Summer Fun

The temperatures are finally getting warmer and we only have 4 weeks of school left before summer vacation! This school year seems to have flown by. This is also the time of year when parents are asking for “things” they can do, during these summers months, to continue their child’s learning. Below are some simple ideas to continue the learning as well as encouraging/fostering independence.

Reading

· Set a daily reading time (20 minutes)

· Read road signs when driving in the car

· Trivia games

· Read maps when traveling

Math

· Practice math facts when in the car or at home

· Real world math problems (If we leave at 8:00 am and it takes us 2 hours to get to our destination, what time will we arrive?)

Practical Life Skills

· Help make dinner

· Help clean the house/laundry

· Do some yard work

Field Trips

Our 9th grade students left for Crow Canyon, Colorado on Sunday morning.

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Our 6th Grade students left for the California Redwoods late Sunday night

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8th grade meeting

Please join us Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 in our Library for a mandatory meeting regarding next year's 9th grade field trip.

5th Grade Meeting

Our first mandatory meeting for next year's 6th grade trip to the redwoods will be Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 in the library.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018 (May include Staff, Faculty and Specialists)

Monday May 7

Grace and Courtesy

Let your teachers know how much you appreciate them by following class rules, being kind and respectful. Start the week with a smile, high five or hug for your teacher and assistant teacher!

Tuesday May 8

Bring A Flower

It can be store bought, from your yard or handmade. Together we can make a beautiful bouquet for your teacher and assistant teacher!

Wednesday May 9

Let’s Make a Memory

Draw a picture, write a note or poem, make a sculpture or anything you can think of to put a smile on your teacher’s heart and face

Thursday May 10

Thirsty Thursday

Find out your teacher's and assistant teacher's favorite drink and bring to them. Or just grab a water bottle or juice to quench their thirst like they quench our knowledge!

Friday May 11

Teacher Spirit Day

Wear your teacher's favorite color today and donate a needed classroom item (pencils, paper, erasers for example)

Annual T-shirt design contest

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Construction Update: Look at Us Grow!

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Coming in 2018-2019

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MMA Before School Orchestra Program

Orchestra classes are available to Upper Elementary and Junior High students for next school year. Lower Elementary students will be accepted if they are in private lessons and upon approval from Ms. Clarissa. More Information coming soon!

Parent Handwriting Workshop

Helping Your Child with Handwriting Skills Parent Workshop

You are invited to attend a free handwriting training provided by our occupational therapist. This training will provide ways to improve your child's handwriting skills this summer. Join us on May 10th in the MMA Library from 4:30 until 6:30 pm. Sign up here

9th Grade Graduation

Save the Date! Please join us for our 9th grade graduation Friday, May 18 at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
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Just a few weeks left to Run to the Moon

Only three weeks left for our “Run to the Moon” goal. Send a signed note to PE for any final running miles your student completes. Let’s help our students be stars.

Julia Gee

PE Specialist

Overheard!

"You already know how to push buttons, you just need to push the RIGHT buttons!"-Boy, 1st grade

Enrollment is now open!

Do you know anyone who would be interested in sending their children to Maria Montessori Academy? The Montessori method is the most widely and longest practiced form of education in the World. There are more than 22,000 schools in 110 countries worldwide. Current brain and educational research supports many of the practices perfected by Montessori teachers over the last 110 years.


Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is open! Don't wait any longer to educate your child for a better world! Enroll now.


We must be the change we wish to see.


You can learn more by visiting our website or call and schedule a tour to see this incredible method in action.

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MAPA Information

Volunteers Needed

The end of the school year is upon us, we have a few sign ups on track it forward to help you close the year and get your 40 hours. Remember donating items also counts towards your hours. You can either go to the track it forward site and view the calendar https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

or here are individual sign ups:

*Elementary Field Day

(Friday 18th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/410685

*Jr High Field Day:

(Friday 18th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/410684

*Teacher Appreciation Dinners:

(Tuesday 22nd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411169

(Wednesday 23rd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411170

(Thursday 24th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411173

*Book Fair:

(Monday 21st) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411662

(Tuesday 22nd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/400237

(Wednesday 23rd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

(Thursday 24th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

Thank you,

Heidi Bradley

Box Top Store

Mark your calendars. The final box top store of the year will be May 16. Please make sure that your box tops are clipped and non expired.

We need you!

MAPA Is looking for Committee Chairs for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact heidibradley81@gmail.com if you or someone you know would be interested.


MAPA is our school's parent organization. Because of MAPA, we do not have to rely on monthly fundraisers- like wrapping paper and chocolates. School-wide functions like Skate Night, Fall Festival, Gratitude Feast, Field Day and the Gala all happen because of MAPA. We do not want to lose out on these events.

Wanted: Parents interested in helping with fundraising for 2018-2019


We are in need of a Chair and Co-chair to organize our fundraising for the 2018-2019 school year. Committee members are also welcome! Funds raised will go towards all grade levels. We have streamlined things quite a bit so that there are only 4 major fundraising events throughout the year, instead of one per month. We have had an incredible community response in donations to these events. The skeleton is in place- we just need parents to take it and run! If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rene at rbaker@mariamontessoriacademy.org .


We would like to meet with volunteers as soon as possible so that dates can be set and assignments can be given to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at 801-695-5864.

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MMA Spotlight- Ms. Kacee (Assistant Director)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? I heard Montessori’s name mentioned a few times while I completed the teacher education program at Weber State University. Additionally my supervising teacher during my student teaching was a Montessori educator. In 2010, I was inspired to begin my Montessori teaching career (after 8 years of being a stay-at-home mom) upon seeing the advertisements for the new charter school and meeting our schools’ founder Nancy Lindeman.



How long have you been at MMA? I have been at MMA since the doors opened.



What is your favorite thing about MMA? It’s difficult to choose a favorite thing about MMA. I love our philosophy of putting the child first and our ability to teach in a unique way that supports the whole child (emotional, social and academic needs). Of course, the Montessori materials are amazing as well.


What is your favorite food? I love most food, but my favorite is Sushi.



What is your favorite color? Pink, yellow, and aqua are my favorite colors.



What is your favorite movie? I’m not the type of person who can watch the same movie over and over again, but I do like all kinds of movies. Comedies and action are my favorite.



What is something people would be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I went to El Salvador and Honduras on my honeymoon and my favorite place to visit is Roatan, Honduras. I hope to someday have a vacation home there.

Calendar Of Events

May 10- Handwriting Workshop

May 14- Crazy Sock Day

May 15- Crazy Hat or Hair Day

May 15- 8th grade meeting (5:30 pm MMA Library)

May 16- Pajama Day

May 16- 5th grade meeting (5:30 pm MMA Library)

May 17- What do you want to be? (Dress up as your future occupation)

May 18- Field Day

May 18- Jr. High Field Day (Lomond View Park)

May 18-Dress down day (No screenprinted characters, please)

May 18- 9th grade graduation (5:30 pm MMA Gym)

May 21- Early Childhood Bridging Ceremony (11:00-12:30 MMA Gym)

May 22- Lower Elementary Bridging Ceremony (10:30-11:30 MMA Gym)

May 23- Upper Elementary Bridging Ceremony (10:30-12:00 MMA Gym)

May 25- Last Day of School